June 26 has been designated by the United Nations as International Day In Support of Survivors And Victims Of Torture. That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? Well, lucky for us, a group of non-profit organizations have shortened that name, and yet expanded its scope, in order to make all of June Torture Awareness Month.
Awareness of the problem of torture around the world, including torture systematically practiced by the United States government, is part of the plan for June. The agenda really goes beyond simple awareness, though. There will be lobbying of members of Congress in Washington D.C. and in local offices across the country, in a direct effort to push the United States government to put an end to its illegal use of torture.
To help out with this effort, a coalition of Bloggers Against Torture is organizing a writing campaign to bring the issue of torture to the fore. Irregular Times won’t be joining officially in that group, simply because we make it a practice not to cram our page full of blogrolls, icons for blog groups, and the like. However, we’ll continue to write about torture through the month of June, as we have for years now, and we’re happy to refer you to the Bloggers Against Torture if you’d like to join their campaign.